June 2, 2016
Summer rocks in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Be sure not to miss any of these free shows by local bands while you kick back with your buddies and enjoy cold brews.
This three-piece band based in Canton, OH will play their original rock-n-roll from 2:00-4:00. Grab a beer, bring your friends, and get ready for the jams.
Chicago-based guitarist Breezy Rodio plays a mix of blues, soul, jazz, and swing from 5:30-8:00.
Who needs Dave Matthews when Trippin’ Billies is here? The best David Matthews tribute band in Chicago starts their ode to Dave at 9:00.
MER’s Music Showcase
MER invites local artists to play in a songwriters session showcase.
Bassel and the Supernaturals
Chicago soul never sounded this good. Bassel and the Supernaturals plays originals and classics from 5:30 – 8:00.
This folksy rock band calls the mountains and canyons of Yellowstone home, but they’ve been on the road all summer playing their original tunes. They rock in Chicago from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Bella Cain brings Midwestern-infused country with a rock-n-roll twist to the beer garden at 7:00.
This blues and folk singer-songwriter brings all the feels to our beer garden from 5:30 – 6:30.
Sheryl and Say Yes!
Dynamic and fun, Sheryl and Say Yes! is all about power vocals with Motown grooves. They will play from 7:00-10:00, so prepare to dance.
Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames
Jazz meets rock-n-roll when Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames play their favorite city in America. The band has been around since 1988 and they aren’t going to stop rocking any time soon. They’ll be jamming from 3:00-5:30.
Bringing a little bit of Georgia blues to Chicago, Tinsley Ellis comes full equipped with his razor sharp blues guitar skills from 6:00-7:30 in the beer garden.
Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
You’ll need to bring your dancing shoes from 8:30-11 when Morry Sochat and the Special 20s play. Their unique brand of swing, blues, and vintage rock-n-roll will make you feel like you’ve sockhopped your way back to 1950.
Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma
Old-school southern rock meets blues when this guitar-slinger comes to town. Jimmy Nick provides edgy guitar and vocals with the back up hep of his amazingly talented band, Don’t Tell Momma. They play 12:30-4:30.
Wall of Denial
Chicago’s best tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn rocks hard in the Miller Lite Beer Garden from 5:30-8:00.
No one knows blues better than Linsey Alexander, a southern boy who has been playing the blues guitar all his life. Come see the legend in action from 9:00-11:00.
Hank Mowrey and the Hawktones
Come to beer garden 12:00-4:00 for a swingin’ good time. This Grand Rapids based band comes down from Michigan with their unique brand of blues and swing that is the perfect way to top off your weekend.
This Chicago boy knows the blues. A fantastic blues vocalist and harmonica player, Omar Coleman puts on an unforgettable show starting at 4:30 in the beer garden.
This young singer-songwriter is incredibly impressive. Playing over 40 covers and originals in his repertoire, Valentine wows a crowd with his acoustic guitar and smooth voice. Be ready to be moved from 5:30-6:30 in the beer garden.
Wedding Banned is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The wild band that calls the ‘burbs home plays mostly ‘80’s and ‘90’s covers that you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing to. Get a drink and grab a dance partner from 7:00-10:00.
Chicago native and heartfelt acoustic guitar player, Chris Corsale plays covers and originals that get a crowd moving. Kick off your weekend at 5:30 with Chris.
When you hear “gypsy-carnival-rock” you might not know what to expect. That’s why you have to see it live to know what Furious Frank is all about. The Chicago band plays at 7:00 with high-energy folk and punk grooves that keep the party going.
Classic rock meets modern feels when Captain Coopersmith plays at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Get ready to groove all night long with this Algonquin-based band.
It’s time to funk! That’s what you’ll be saying when Bumpus plays from 9:00-11:30. Although you’ll find that you won’t be doing much talking when you’re dancing to the funky beats that Bumpus lays down.
Does “electrified Chicago blues” peak your interest? Then Andrew Diehl is who you want to see. He plays his electrified style of blues at 5:30.
With a band name like “Rockaholics” you are right to expect non-stop high energy rock-n-roll. Come for the classic rock-influenced party starting at 2:00.
Down Home Band
Nashville seems to breed boys like Down Home Band, southern rockers who know how to have a folk-inspired good time. Their high-energy southern rock starts at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
Bear & Jake
Upbeat acoustic music comes to the beer garden from 5:30-6:30 with the charismatic local duo Bear & Jake.
Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress
This cover band is so good that you’ll think they wrote all these songs themselves. Come for the stellar rock-n-roll from 7-10 and stay for the cold beers.
He’s the house musician at Irish Eyes bar here in Chicago, but at 5:30 he’ll rock the house at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
Chicago’s premier country super group will serve up a mountain of country classics and modern hits. Bring your cowboy boots and saddle up to a beer and tunes at 7.
The Chicago boys of American Grizzly cook up original music that’s been influenced by a range of genres from noise-rock to folk. Don’t miss these locals playing from 5:30-8:00.
Unity the Band
The sounds of summer are alive in Unity the Band, a reggae-influenced pop rock band that plays sunny originals and a few classic covers. They start playing at 2:00 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
Gentleman Brawlers Afrobeat Project
This collective of jazz, rock, and African-influenced musicians comes to us all the way from New York to play their set from 5:30-8:00. They will have you up on your feet and groovin’ to their tunes from start to finish.
Who doesn’t love Steely Dan? Deacon Blues definitely does. The Steely Dan cover band will play all the classic hits from 9:00-11:30.
Carsie believes that music is magic and it’s almost impossible to disagree with her upon seeing her perform. The curly-haired musician plays a beautiful blend of folk, pop, jazz, and soul starting at 2:00.
Motown is alive and well in Matt Kysia whose band brings covers and originals that feel downright soulful. The jams start at 5:30, the music will be stuck in your head all night.
These Tinley Park boys tout themselves as Chicago’s most entertaining cover band. Who are we to disagree? Come to the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 7 for fantastic covers that will get you on your feet.
LA-based blues-rock virtuoso makes his way to the Midwest at 5:30 for a rockin’ time you won’t forget.
Red Rebel County
Irish music gets a punkier vibe with Red Rebel County, a band based in the south-side Irish tradition. Come for a jig and a pint at 7:00.